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State Photographer Alex Tavares photographs, 1957-1994

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1995-427
State Photographer Alex Tavares photographs, 1957-1994
State Photographer Alex Tavares photographs, 1957-1994

Scope and Contents

The Tavares Collection is comprised of approximately 9.6 cubic feet of photographic items dating from 1961 to 1994. Materials included a large collection of 4 x 5 black-and-white negatives documenting various activities of Rhode Island's Governors and their administrations. Other items include 16mm. black-and-white motion picture film ("Portrait R.I."), 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 black-and-white photographs, 8 x 10 color photographs, 35mm. color and black-and-white negatives, and 4 x 5 color negatives and transparencies. Various events covered include swearing-ins, ribbon cuttings, and groundbreakings, Key events include Tall Ships 1992, Queen Elizabeth's visit in 1976, Desert Storm, Inauguration '91 as well as other notable events. One noteworthy item is an 11 x 14 black and white photograph of Governor Notte with President Kennedy at the Navy Base in Newport R.I. ca. 1961.
The collection covers the following administrations:
John A. Notte Jr. (1961-1963)
John H. Chafee (1963-1969)
Frank Licht (1969-1973)
Philip W. Noel (1973-1977)
J. Joseph Garrahy (1977-1985)
Edward D. DiPrete (1985-1989)
Bruce Sundlun (1989-1994)
Photographs primarily taken by Alec Tavares, official state photographer retired in 1995.


  • Majority of material found within 1957-1994

Conditions Governing Access

No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

The Governor of the state of Rhode Island is the chief executive power of the state. The Governor has the constitutional responsibility and authority to ensure that laws of Rhode Island are faithfully executed. As chief executive, the Governor is responsible for public health, environmental management, human services, business regulation, workforce development and training, transportation, homeland security, emergency management, and law enforcement. The Governor also serves as the captain general and commander in chief of the military and naval forces of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Constitution authorizes and requires the Governor to prepare and present to the General Assembly an annual, consolidated operating and capital improvement state budget. The Governor also has broad constitutional appointment power for judges, state officers and members of executive boards and commissions. He can exercise legislative veto and general pardon authority. The Governor also serves as Chair of the Board of the Economic Development Corporation.


9.6 Cubic Feet (8 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The Tavares Collection is comprised of approximately 9.6 cubic feet of photographic which document the various activities of Rhode Island's Governors and their administrations during the years 1961-1994.


Box Listing:
Box 1 Negatives: 4" x 5" B/W
1962-1966 - Notte/Chafee

Box 2 Negatives: 4" x 5" B/W
1967-1970 - Chafee/Licht

Box 3 Negatives: 4" x 5" B/W
Jacketed, some unlabeled

Box 4 Negatives: 4" x 5" B/W
1971-1972, 1979-1980 - Licht/Sundlun
1961-1965, Notte/Chafee
1967, 1973, 1977 - Chafee/Noel
jacketed, some unlabeled

Photographs: 8" x 10" B/W
ca. 1977-1985 - Garrahy Administration

Box 5 Negatives: 35mm. & 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 B/W
ca. 1985-1994 - DiPrete and Sundlun
4 bx, unjacketed
Motion Picture Film: 16mm. B/W
"Portrait R.I." - 1 reel
"R.I. Development Council" - 2 reels on cores

Box 6 Photographs: 8" x 10" & 5" x 7" B/W
ca. 1963-1969 - Chafee
many duplicates 3 bx

Box 7 Negatives: 35mm. B/W
1991-1994 - Sundlun
jacketed in archival enclosures/binder is non-archival
Photographs: 8 x 10 B/W
1967-1977 - Licht/Noel
1961-1963/1969-1973 - Notte/Licht
Negatives: 35mm. & 2 1/4 B/W
ca. 1977-1985 - Garrahy
rolled and unjacketed

Box 8 Negatives: 35mm. color
ca. 1970-1994 Diverse
Negatives/Contact Prints/Photographs

Folder Listing:
Folder #/Administration Date Description
F1 Notte ca. 1962 Hawaii - 8x10 B/W
F2 Notte ca. 1962 W/ Jimmy Durante- 8x10 B/W
F3 A. Tavares 5/21/1964 Photographer's calendar
F4 Chafee ca. 1963 Election Day?
4x5 color positives
F5 Chafee ca. 1965 RI Dev. Council
4x5 color negs/pos
F6 Chafee ca. 1965 Sailboat - 4x5
color transparencies
F7 Chafee ca. 1965 5x7 B/W photographs
F8 Chafee ca. 1965 Portrait - 8x10 color
F9 Licht 11/16/1970 Space Capsule at State House-8x10 B/W
F10 Licht 1971 State House - 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 color photo
F11 Licht 1/27/1971 Dr. Salk - 8x10 B/W
F12 Noel ca. 1973 Portrait - 35mm color transparency
F13 Noel 1973 Inaugural - 8x10 B/W
F14 Noel ca. 1973 Portrait - 8x10 color
F15 Noel ca. 1974 Relaxed Portrait - 2 1/4 color negatives and contact print
F16 Garrahy 1977-1985 Diploma Cover
F17 Garrahy/DiPrete 1982-3, 1985 35mm. B/W negatives
F18 Garrahy 1984 35mm. B/W negatives
F19 Garrahy/DiPrete ca. 1982-85 35mm. B/W negatives unlabeled
F20 Garrahy/DiPrete ca. 1983-1987 Susan Farmer and staff 8x10 color
F21 Garrahy 2/16/1983 Capital Center Groundbreaking-8x12 color
F22 Sundlun 1991-4 35mm contact prints
F23 Sundlun 5/21/1991 35mm color negatives
F24 Sundlun Jun-91 Week of June 24, 1991 - 35mm. B/W negatives & contact prints
F25-33 Sundlun 1991-92 Dome on the Roam - 35mm negatives & contact prints
F34 Sundlun 6/27/1992 DEPCO - 35mm B/W negatives
F35 Sundlun 3/22/1993 Small Business Loan Fund - 5x7 B/W
F36 Sundlun 10/8/1993 H. Clinton/Bensen Visit - 35mm color negatives
F37 Sundlun 1991-1994 RIDED - 35mm B/W negatives
F38 Sundlun 1991-1994 Block Island - 35mm negative and contact sheet
19B Photograph: 11 x 14 B/W 1961 Gov. Notte and President Kennedy - Newport, R.I.

Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

33 Broad Street
Providence RI 02903 USA